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. that's what house speaker john boehner told fellow republicans during a weekly meeting, signaling he will push back on president obama's demand for tax hikes on the rich when it comes to the fiscal cliff. but treasury secretary timothy geithner says the white house will not give in. >> no prospect to an agreement that doesn't involve those rates going up on the top 2% of the wealthiest americans. remember it's only 2%. >> geithner adds the obama administration is, quote, absolutely prepared to go off the cliff, if necessary. joining me now is van jones, cnn contributor and former obama administration official. good morning. >> god morning to you. >> so, van, i guess my first question that's eatsy for geithner to say, we're perfectly willing to go off the fiscal cliff. that means a tax hike on middle class americans and maybe some of them are thinking this morning i'm not really so happy geithner said that. >> it might have been inartful for him to say it the way he said it. i think he is making a very important point, which is that the american people did vote. they voted for the one
john boehner, has there been any follow-up that we know of? are they talking on the phone? are they gearing up for an actual meeting? john boehner staying in town while this crisis continues. >> reporter: that's right, wolf. he is. and we are told that no additional calls, no further discussions that we are aware of. there was that call, and that came after a lot of criticism on the white house that the president was not negotiating face-to-face with john boehner. but what we're seeing here is this strategy that the president has employed before where instead of sitting down with republicans, he takes his message outside of sort of inside the beltway or brings people to the white house. you've seen him sitting down with middle class americans also bringing ceos and small business owners here to the white house. that's what he is using to put pressure on congress to get a deal. >> yeah. let's see if he invites the speaker to come over to the white house and put some pressure on him. >> reporter: that's right. >> see if they can -- what they can do. as we all know, that cloc
off the automatic tax hikes and spending cuts that will kick in next year. john boehner said he can't believe the latest white house proposal. the obama administration insists there's no deal without a tax increase. susan mcginnis is in washington with details this morning. susan, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, terrell. it may appear the two sides are nowhere but these talks are expected to pick up dramatically very soon. december is here and as they say here in washington the lawmakers can smell the jet fumes meaning the planes taking them home for their holiday recess. what we're hearing there should be a deal by christmas. the white house is already decorated for the holidays but the mood here in washington is anything but festive. >> i think we're going over the cliff. >> reporter: if congress doesn't act america will ring in the new year with $110 billion in spending cuts and a $500 billion tax increase leaving the average household with a nearly $3,500 hangover. timothy geithner was on the hill last week to present the president's plan to congress. >> i was fl
the fiscal cliff. mr. obama and house speaker john boehner took a step yesterday, speaking about the standoff on the phone. i guess at least they weren't texting, right? while the details of their chat remain private, both men continued to talk past each other in public. >> let's allow higher rates to go up for the top 2%. >> there are ways to limit deductions, close loopholes, and have the same people pay more, more of their money to the federal government, without raising tax rates, which we believe will harm our economy. >> treasury secretary tim geithner also weighed in yesterday saying the president is willing to allow the nation to go over the cliff if republicans don't agree to raise taxes on the wealthy. >>> we are learning new details about colorado's shooting suspect james holmes now that thousands of e-mails in the case have been released. messages indicate holmes may have had a brief romantic relationship in the days before the tragedy. we have learned that in early june, holmes began specifically talking and fantasizing about killing a lot of people. his psychiatrist was so worri
increase. in response to that, house speaker john boehner said he was flabbergasted by the white house's offer. he said it was not serious and republicans are calling on the white house to put more details on the table. >> you know, americans want compromise. any time we take a poll, that's what we find, they want compromise. what's the deal? republicans are backed to a corner? they will be forced to raise taxes or else we go over that fiscal cliff? >> they are a bit backed into a corner. when you look at the lay of the land, the white house and democrats are confidence they have leverage that's because they have some here. yes, they are backed up into a corner a bit because tax rates, at least on some americans, are going to be increasing at the end of the year, no matter what. >> right. >> as you know, it's set to expire, those bush era tax rates are set to expire at the end of the year for all americans. you know, at this point the white house and democrats feel like they have enough leverage to dig in and say they have to stay in place for the middle class or really for the first $
. >> and speaker of the house john boehner sent a nice little hallmark card, a letter to the president. i want to read you an excerpt. he set the american people rightly expect both parties to come together on a fair middle ground and address the nation's most pressing challenges. the proposal calls for $1.6 trillion in new tax revenue, twice the amount you supported during the campaign. we cannot in good conscience agree to this approach, and sent over this doozy of a letter, which is neither balanced or realist realistic. >> center the letter with signatures to the president you. hope this wasn't preorchestrated. to drum up support for their bases. >> there are some who are cynical, and saying all this is choreographed. they know what the final deal is going to be. every side has to take the steps to appear they're fighting and appease their base. we'll see. 11 days to the first sort of deadline in this, so stay tuned, folks. >> we will. >>> and now to the increasingly dangerous situation in syria. new intelligence reports show that syria's government may be preparing chemical and biological
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